Afternoon Links

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

To take away your future, they must first take away your past. I weep for my country.

I share Charles C.W. Cooke’s position on Ben Carson’s Holocaust and guns comments. Carson’s word vomit can sometimes be annoying. His main point is usually legit, but he’s not very good at articulating what he means. This go-round has been especially amusing because it raises a question the Left is apparently very uncomfortable answering, as Sean Davis discovered this week.

So beautiful

Oregon and our post-Consitutional republic

Our new friends are acting very friend-like! This Smart Diplomacy(TM) sure is swell!

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The Taliban insurgency has spread through more of Afghanistan than at any point since 2001, according to data compiled by the United Nations as well as interviews with numerous local officials in areas under threat. In addition, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan over the past two weeks has evacuated four of its 13 provincial offices around the country — the most it has ever done for security reasons — according to local officials in the affected areas. The data, compiled in early September — even before the latest surge in violence in northern Afghanistan — showed that United Nations security officials had already rated the threat level in about half of the country’s administrative districts as either “high” or “extreme,” more than at any time since the American invasion ousted the Taliban in 2001.

Hilarious

Oh, idiot millennials are carrying around dildos? THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING. I am now ready to let the state take away my right to self-defense!

Well well well

This makes me want to buy a Kia.

“the puberty blockers Tyler is certain he wants…” He’s EIGHT.

“It is inexplicable that the most important work — especially health care and education — is entrusted to the least competent institutions and processes we have.”

Incredible. Like leaving a Porsche parked on the street with the keys taped to the window.

The private email server running in Hillary Rodham Clinton’s home basement when she was secretary of state was connected to the Internet in ways that made it more vulnerable to hackers while using software that could have been exploited, according to data and documents reviewed by The Associated Press. Clinton’s server, which handled her personal and State Department correspondence, appeared to allow users to connect openly over the Internet to control it remotely, according to detailed records compiled in 2012. Experts said the Microsoft remote desktop service wasn’t intended for such use without additional protective measures, and was the subject of U.S. government and industry warnings at the time over attacks from even low-skilled intruders. Records show that Clinton additionally operated two more devices on her home network in Chappaqua, New York, that also were directly accessible from the Internet. One contained similar remote-control software that also has suffered from security vulnerabilities, known as Virtual Network Computing, and the other appeared to be configured to run websites.

The AP exclusively reviewed numerous records from an Internet “census” by an anonymous hacker-researcher, who three years ago used unsecured devices to scan hundreds of millions of Internet Protocol addresses for accessible doors, called “ports.” Using a computer in Serbia, the hacker scanned Clinton’s basement server in Chappaqua at least twice, in August and December 2012. It was unclear whether the hacker was aware the server belonged to Clinton, although it identified itself as providing email services for clintonemail.com. The results are widely available online.

Remote-access software allows users to control another computer from afar. The programs are usually operated through an encrypted connection — called a virtual private network, or VPN. But Clinton’s system appeared to accept commands directly from the Internet without such protections. “That’s total amateur hour,” said Marc Maiffret, who has founded two cybersecurity companies. He said permitting remote-access connections directly over the Internet would be the result of someone choosing convenience over security or failing to understand the risks. “Real enterprise-class security, with teams dedicated to these things, would not do this,” he said.

That new doctor you had to find because you lost your old doctor? Yeah, you’re losing that one too.

With substantial premium increases coming in some states in 2016, administration officials are expecting that many consumers already in the Affordable Care Act’s networks will have to switch health plans and find new doctors as they scramble for cheaper alternatives. And millions more Americans could be receiving health insurance through health care marketplaces for the first time.

Alex Mar spends a weekend at a witches’ gathering to give neo-paganism a try.

The past and future of magnetic poetry

When Anthony Trollope published The Duke’s Children in 1879, he had to cull some 65,000 words from it, presumably at the request of his editor. Now the uncut original has been published.

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